Controversy surrounds 1st place finisher in Cleveland Marathon

CLEVELAND — Cleveland Marathon officials are looking into a technical rule after the second place finisher says the first place winner broke a minor race rule.

Daniel Mesfun was clocked in as the unofficial winner of the 41st annual Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon on Sunday with a time of 2:16:32.

According to race director Jack Staph, the second place runner, who was in the lead for the majority of the race, thought Mesfun, who was behind him, was running the half marathon because he had a shirt over his bib.

Competitor ran the marathon, half marathon and 10K on Sunday.

Staph said there is no doubt the marathon winner ran the whole race and finished first, but they are looking into how serious a violation it is.

The first place winner gets a prize of $3,000, second place receives $1,500.

Staph sai thdey will make a decision in the next couple of days.

Magnificat graduate, Sarah Horbol, won the women’s marathon with a time of 2:51:40.  Horbol is from Westlake.

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